By Lisa Capobianco
Southington’s 45th annual Apple Harvest Festival plans to continue one of its new additions to the road race for youngsters: the Y Cup.
The Y Cup is a relay for fourth and fifth graders of all eight elementary schools to participate in the 5 K (3.1 miles) race on Sunday, October 6. Students will be divided in boy and girl teams with separate fourth and fifth grade divisions. The winning team receives the Y Cup award, which they can keep in their school for a year.
All participants receive a t-shirt and finishers medal.
John Myers, the executive director of the YMCA, said the Y Cup is a great way to give children an opportunity to get involved in the Apple Harvest Road Race.
“It promotes healthy living,” Myers said. “It does not take a lot to keep active.”
Last year 12 teams participated in the relay, and Myers said he hopes to have between 25 and 30 teams this year. Plantsville Elementary School won the Y Cup last year, and Myers presented students the trophy during a school assembly. He said that moment brought “a lot of pride” and “excitement” to the entire school.
Principal Patricia Corvello of Plantsville Elementary School agreed.
“We could not have been prouder of the kids,” Corvello said. “We look forward to defending the Y Cup this coming year.”
Local schools have provided the registration forms, and each team pays $30 in checks to the YMCA. Participating teams must complete the registration forms with all parent waivers signed by Monday, Sept. 30. All teams will meet at the YMCA between 7:15 a.m. and 7:45 a.m. at the Y’s Learning Center on 30 High St.